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Apr 22, 2008, 10:39 PM
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Link: Fluid - Free Site Specific Browser for Mac OS X Leopard (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20080422233950)
Description:: Fluid is an awesome relatively new app that is leading the way for SSBs (Site Specific Browsers.) Site Specific Browsers are (name makes it obvious) web browsers that are designed to interact exclusively with a single web site. When you do this you can also build in more functionality for that site than a general browser can.

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Mac OS X Ocelot
Apr 22, 2008, 10:43 PM
Even though it's not site-specific, isn't this the same purpose Flock was created for? For all the social websites?

PlaceofDis
Apr 22, 2008, 10:51 PM
Even though it's not site-specific, isn't this the same purpose Flock was created for? For all the social websites?

not sure if this is trying to take that idea in a bit better approach, but i could be wrong, Flock tried but it seems to have failed horribly trying to do to much and ended up doing too little.

i'm always up for at least trying a new browser, i'll give it a spin sometime

Mac OS X Ocelot
Apr 22, 2008, 10:56 PM
not sure if this is trying to take that idea in a bit better approach, but i could be wrong, Flock tried but it seems to have failed horribly trying to do to much and ended up doing too little.

i'm always up for at least trying a new browser, i'll give it a spin sometime

I don't know what's up with Flock now, but reading about this Fluid, it seems like it's not a browser but a way to compile multiple site-specific browsers. Therefore, you need to have several different apps on your mac (Fluid, plus one for each website, like Digg, Facebook, MySpace, etc.).

EDIT: Okay, I see. Fluid creates new browser apps that only let you browse a specific website and uses its favicon as the app icon. If you try to navigate elsewhere it opens the page in your default browser anyway. I don't see how this is a better way to browse right now...

PlaceofDis
Apr 22, 2008, 11:10 PM
I don't know what's up with Flock now, but reading about this Fluid, it seems like it's not a browser but a way to compile multiple site-specific browsers. Therefore, you need to have several different apps on your mac (Fluid, plus one for each website, like Digg, Facebook, MySpace, etc.).

EDIT: Okay, I see. Fluid creates new browser apps that only let you browse a specific website and uses its favicon as the app icon. If you try to navigate elsewhere it opens the page in your default browser anyway. I don't see how this is a better way to browse right now...

yeah i see that. i think it would be good on a case-by-case basis, certainly not for general browsing. if you want a dedicated place for your email for example, this would be good. or a dedicated place for just your facebook etc.

Jasber
Apr 23, 2008, 12:52 PM
Hey All,

The purpose of Fluid is for site specific browsing.

One great example is a browser for GMail. Quick access and you can tweak the browser to work for a specific website.

Chef Medeski
Apr 26, 2008, 11:17 AM
You guys watched the demo?

CoverFlow for Google Results, thats pretty bitching. Some cool stuff, definitely something to take a look at.


EDIT: Ok holy crap. I downloaded this. Its amazing. I set up an app for Facebook, and it displays number of message available even when I'm not at the website. Then if I click on a link say from Facebook it instantly pops up as a new tab in Firefox. Soom seamless and fast. Its really impressive. I could see a couple good points. You could have various Forum websites. You could bundle similar ideas website that one often checks into one place.

Its really cool. And the nice thing since its based of Webkit, its super fast and really small. Of course little bit resource intensive when using the actual website with thumbnails, but I would easily imagine why. Still very cool. Definetely worth the 31 MB download. Everyone should check it out.

karenflower
Apr 26, 2008, 07:55 PM
I really like Fluid. :) I use it for the MacRumors Forum Spy mostly.

yoyo5280
Apr 26, 2008, 08:13 PM
I use it for meebo. Love it!

clevin
Apr 26, 2008, 09:25 PM
I posted several introductions (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=450256) to Mozilla Prism (http://labs.mozilla.com/2007/10/prism/), who created this idea and presented as a firefox's extension.

in Ubuntu 8.04, these prism backed "web-app" are offered as official "apps", indeed very nice. :D

Tiger people can try out Prism if you want site-sepcific-browser

Lixivial
Apr 27, 2008, 02:53 AM
I'm not sure I'll ever really understand the point of SSB, but Fluid does seem to offer some unprecedented features, especially in its JavaScript and Plug-in API. Like Camino did with Firefox, Fluid kind of fills in the holes that the generalised and all-platform Prism or Air leave open. Still, I don't spend my time sitting in one web app all day for this to be of great use to me, I don't think, and I'm still not sold on the idea of "web computing."

Also, I'm not sure why they decided to keep around the .svn directories in their example plug-in source code. :p

Definetely worth the 31 MB download. Everyone should check it out.

Seems you forgot a decimal point there. :)